Bryant & May’s London: The Cross Keys
This lovely old pub in Endell Street, Covent Garden is a Free House and one of a dying breed. Filled with music mementoes and knick-knacks, it attracts locals, trendies and the odd tourist. It’s interesting to note that such pubs seem popular with the young, who don’t always want sterile club bars or hotel cocktail lounges.
But it’s one of a handful left now that seem to have remained unchanged. So long as a pub has a good landlord it can survive, but too many have had temporary managers who pass through and move on. The breweries are to blame, trying to make bigger profits and clinging to passing trends. Such pubs are doomed and soon fall prey to the City’s slimy property developers, looking to turn a buck. Bryant & May have popped in here for a pint many times.